Erik Cheski

Erik Cheski

All the ages, all the awesomes.

Emily and Jeremy Drouin have created a fantastic, all-ages comic book that is great fun for everyone.  Bringing to life a colorful, imaginative world, this couple really brings the goods to a series that works for the whole family.

The times . . . they are a-changin.

A few comedians have posited over the years: “What if the folks talking to themselves on the street are actually talking to God?  What if they’re the next coming and we’re all the crazy ones?”  Well, other than Bluetooth devices making even more people look like they’re talking to folks who aren’t there, that thought hasn’t been coming around as much as of late.  Enter Batvin Geant and Kay in their Rise of the Antichrist series, following a man whose life has led him to asylum, and his only solace is in the bedtime stories of his youth which happen to be some of the bloodiest and gruesome chapters of the Bible.

Sometimes, a coin lands on its edge.

Jorge Corona finishes his Feathers run in the 6th and final issue.  Up to this point, we’ve been taken along a fantastic journey that has been a pleasure to read.  Two worlds separated by walls of stone and distrust find themselves coming face to face because of one boy with an incredible secret.

A moose just can't get ahead.

Joshua Hauke delights and inspires with his new set of tales with the Brothers Three.  Feeling like a cross between Calvin and Hobbes and Foxtrot, Hauke's style of family-friendly and family-feuding humor manages to perfectly capture that wonderful childhood time where adventure was everywhere and mischief wasn't far behind.  Every story will remind you of that one rambunctious family that everyone seemed to know (and if it doesn't, it was you), where the lines of adult/kid were somewhat blurred in an indescribable way, some sense of group fun where the truth and imagination mixed, and only the mark wasn't in on the gag.

You’ve already read this already.

Tom Siddell takes a swing at the time-travel tropes of the last 20 years and has a rip-roaring time with it.  Once again proving he’s an adept hand at taking conceivable ideas and poking holes in them while throwing in meta jokes all over, he crafts a confusing mind bender that lambastes the rules and then follows them perfectly.  

Tales for Ales continues ,and three new storytellers get a license to play in David Petersen’s signature series.

Mark A. Nelson brings to life a tale of a monster, the son of a god crashing into the Mouse Territories.  Heroism abounds, but the final solution makes for an interesting moral question that is all too perfect for the world of the Guard.

The master continues his journey.

Stan Sakai is the kind of creator who knows his subject and what he wants to say so well that it seems like every word has been planned from the beginning.  Every page in this collection is a work of art in every way, and it collects some of the best in the continuing story of the Ronin seeking the warrior’s way and does so in a format easy enough for anyone picking up the stories of this long ear and his companions.

Rotten plants come from bad seeds.

Well, well.  Popcap's back at the comics game, and, this time, Paul Tobin and Ron Chan are serving up a double heaping of their brain nuggets . . . uh . . . ideas for us to chuckle at the ineptitude of evil while cheering on the victory of the righteous!  Capturing the tone of the game perfectly, this team brings the madcap of Popcap to brilliant life and imagination, with all the humor, wit, and ice cream you could hope for.

What’s really scary is how unscary it can be.

Eric Powell has come a long way in his Goon series; the pencils get better with every issue, and his amazing touch seems not to be adding, but rather taking away from what’s unnecessary to reveal the truth of the character that’s been there all along.  Like a sculptor chipping away at marble to release the art inside, Powell has turned this clump of foul humor and rampant violence into a stoic, tragic creature whose pain, sorrow, and misery allow us victory and pathos.

All together now . . .

This is the issue I’ve been waiting for in Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson’s time traveling sci-fi romp.  Things begin to come together, the first arc becoming clear in its action and scope.  The slow burn that this team has been drawing out is really starting to get moving, and it feels like this series is about to take off.

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